Imagination is better than knowledge. ~ Albert Einstein
My mid-morning starts with little rays of sunshine. David, the future CEO, and Jake, the future geek-turned-genius-turned-savior of cyberspace (or whatever will replace it) are in my first class. Jan Di and Jun Pyo, not their real names, come next. After eating my daily serving of kimchi, there is Jake and David again, and then Terry with his endearing antics and Anna with her Harry Potter stories.
My late afternoon comes later than sooner after that, and I would want to race the clock. Erin, Kailly and Jason are in my fourth class. They are a trio of sanguines, songbirds and fanatics of hangman but never of the class.
I never disliked them, but I never enjoyed fourth class much.
Now on my way to work on Tuesday morning, I prayed that God will let me handle each class. Handle is the operating word there. I could not enjoy what I could not handle. I could juggle and struggle. But you cannot enjoy what you cannot handle.
My mid-morning started with few clouds overhead. I just went around with the clock in my first class. No conversation, no hangman. David used to say I am a “kankan” (stickler). That time I was really one. We studied grammar non-stop for 1.20 hours.
In my Basic Creative Writing class, the clouds disappeared. Somehow I got what this man Albert Einstein quipped, and I started to loosen up. I imagined a class bound by rules on the sides and by nothing up above. I enjoined my students to imagine with me. If they were inventors, what would their inventions be?
Jay drew a fighting jet. Esther painted a bear, a penguin and sheep. By the way, I do not know how to interpret her work but today I just found out she wants to be a painter. Inventions are like a painter’s masterpiece. I get her point. Anna reinvented the Harry Potter story. Terry reinvented himself. The boy really wanted to be a baseball star.
But Erin, Kailly and Jason – these guys surprised me! I entered the room acknowledging them as my favorite class, and laughter and energy then burst on and on in the three-man room upstairs. I made them inventors for 1.20 hours, and creativity spurted in the atmosphere.
My favorite idea was Erin’s. “Fast Calculate” works similarly to a metal detector. Get your shopping cart or basket, shop for your goods and go directly past “Fast Calculate” – it spares you of the frills of falling in line and forgetting your credit cards at home so you will have to pay cash (this part is not so good). Jason’s invention was a ship that can transport planes, cars and trains. Kailly was the best inventor in the academy. Hers was “Fantastic Coin”. It is a vendo-type machine that allows you to play vids, pc games or MP3s in public!
Mr. Lee says we need to adopt the military style in our class management. But in tapping students’ potential, you sometimes have to learn to smile – and be the little rays of sunshine in their lives.
God is teaching me to hold other people’s hands. Like Mr. Fredricksen in UP, who held Russell’s hands in their adventure, I am learning that in fulfilling my dreams, I am to help others fulfill theirs in the run. And sometimes, we need to push people to reach their potential. But there are times, such as this, when all you have to do is give Erin, Kailly and Jason…the nudge.